Friday, December 13, 2013

Looking to Make A Donation


It's that time of the year when our hearts are full and we want to do something for our fellow man. Sometimes we are running around so much we don't know where to even look to make a great donation. Sure, I always drop my change in the Santa bucket but there has to be more.

 My oldest daughter attends Western Illinois University and she is part of an amazing fundraising project.

 "Dear Friends,

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in WIU Dance Marathon. All contributions will benefit and be divided among the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Any contribution will help, and all donations are tax deductible.

I am on WIU's first E-Board as the Finance Chair, this money we raise doesn't just help the families financially but it helps lift some stress from these families and gives the kids a comfortable environment to be in, this event and organization is very dear to my heart, any amount will help me get to my goal by Feb 1st.

 Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support Me!" button on this page. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! For The Kids!"

You can link to her fundraising page HERE.. this donation will go directly into a fund sponsored by WIU, not into my daughter's hands.. So if you are looking for a way to share your good fortune, give a thought to this noble cause..

 Shauni

Monday, September 16, 2013

That One Perfect Moment


That perfect moment
Captured in Time
An exclusive memory

Standing Alone
with your hopes wrapped
around you like a blanket
on a cool winters eve

Exultant! 
Ready to face tomorrow
Whatever life throws 
Defiant!

Empowered 
By things that may be
Things that might come
And battles not yet won

For this one moment
There is no challenge 
You can not win

No Dream you dare 
Not Dream
No Quest you dare
Not attempt

There is only 
this one perfect moment
Believe!

@Shauni


Friday, September 13, 2013

Accept the Change


Blue Skies Ahead
A life of promise
All powerful desire

What lies beyond?
Those promises given
What dreams may come

Could there be more
Than the day to day 
Dreams

Could the life ahead
Be so much more
Thank it seems?

Life may not be broken
maybe it should be
life is more than complacency

If it's not broken
Break it! 
Set the beyond free

What lies beyond
The blue skies of promise
Dreams of forever it seems

What lies beyond 
What we deem perfect
Hope, Faith, Love

Accept the change
Grow with your gifts
Soar with your dreams

@Shauni

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

When the Towers Fell



When the Towers Fell
Our lives did change
An innocence lost
Life rearranged

When the Towers Fell
moments passed like hours
Each second a testament
to steel girth powers

And yet the Towers Fell
War was declared
No thoughts of peace
For battle we prepared

Time marched on 
And the towers slept
Complacency returned
and the towers wept

Ever the Bastion 
We must stand tall
An implacable force
The permanent wall

Our enemies surround us
Our pride has been swept
and yet the battle cry remains
Always Remember, Never Forget

@Shauni


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Never Resting, Ever Changing


Never Resting
Ever Changing
Time sweeps by

Slowly Stealing
Life's Precious Moments
Minutes Until we die

Regrets, will follow
Undamaged time
Leaving us to sigh

Save not those minutes
But seek your dreams
Ensuring time will fly

Hold back not 
the hands of time
Rather let them Cry

Never Resting
Ever Changing
Time Sweeps By

@ShauniNever 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Awake


Awake, arise
to the glory 
that surrounds you

Welcome a new day
Rejoice in the beauty
Abundant

Awake, Remove
your sorrows
Refresh your soul

Inhale, 
Find your peace
Release your fear

Observe the gifts
that we have been give
Rejoice

@Shauni

Friday, September 6, 2013

Broken Pieces



Broken Pieces of
a Shattered me
Broken dreams
Shattered

A heart once strong
lay in pieces 
on the floor
crushed

Each day an attempt
To gather my pieces
and put them back together
Whole

There can be no fix
I am whole no more
Shattered Dreams
and a Shattered heart

And yet
I ever gather
The Broken Pieces
of a Broken me

Returning them to 
their rightful place
Creating a new me
with broken pieces

Cracks in the soul
Scars on the heart
never whole
but really, never 
Broken

@Shauni

Thursday, September 5, 2013

And So the Wind Blows


And so the wind blows
every strong 
carressing my soul
calling me

And so the wind blows
a whisper in the darkness
A dance on the moor
calling me

And so the wind blows
a secret desire
A lost love
Calling me

And so the wind blows
Taunting me
reminding me
Calling Me

And so the wind blows
teasing me, 
Ever promising me
Calling Me

And so the wind blows
until rest finally calls
silence, evermore


@Shauni

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Doubt


With a whisper
it embraces you
With a roar
it engulfs you

A Sensuous slithering
promise 
A tantalizing tease
A tempting torment

It hides in the darkness
it embraces the light
there is no escape

No gentle reprieve
when the storm 
winds blow

No hope for tomorrow 
when troubles
blow in

Whispering promises
within your mind
Tearing at your very soul

 Distraction, destruction
Disbelief

Blowing you off 
your dreams
yet keeping you 
glued in place

Awash in sea 
Doubt remeans

@Shauni




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Joy


Listen to the tap, tap, tap 
of the rain
Listen for the whisper
of the wind

Listen to the birds
as they sing
Listen to the chug, chug, chug
of the Cars as they go by

Listen carefully for 
that lonesome whistle
of the train
or the clackety clack of 
it wheels

Listen to the world around you
Hear the music
Do you feel the joy
Do you hear the dance

Tap your toes
spread your arms
Reach for the heavens
and Dance!

Day to day
the music surrounds us
If we listen 
there is always a beat

If we absorb it
honestly
truthfully
Joyfully
Life is sweet

@Shauni

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rejoice in Today


Whether in a mountain meadow
or on a sandy beach
in a crowded city
or alone in the country

The sun rose today
Light has once again
conquered the 
darkness

Rejoice
in what we have 
been given

Rejoice 
that tomorrow 
has come

Rejoice 
in the fresh light
a new day brings

Worry not
about the struggles 
you may have to 
bear

Fear not
about the trials
that come your way

Instead Rejoice
Today has potential
and Promise

A chance for rebirth
regeneration
renewal.. 

A New Day!

@Shauni

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dancing in the Rain


There is no shame
In Dancing
In the Rain

The feel of the
Water
Slicing across your skin

The puddles splashing
as laughter 
spills forth

If you let yourself 
Dance
There can only be Joy

A lost moment 
of childhood
A sacred thank you

No matter the whys
Just take the time
To dance in the Rain!!


@Shauni

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Finding the Light



Darkness abounds
this pitiful soul
Lost in the shadows
deep in the void

Silence surrounds 
this lost heart
A silence so loud 
even the heart's beat is lost

And yet
Deep in the void
Hope survives

A beacon shining
proclaiming 
Safe haven

No matter how dark
No matter how silent
A single Candle
can brighten 

No matter how afraid
No matter how alone
If you seek, you will find

There is light
In the morning sun
There is power
in a single lightening strike
There is hope
at every sunrise

Find the light, 
Wash away the darkness
Rejoice

@Shauni



Friday, August 30, 2013

Lost in the Darkness


Lost in the darkness
of my mind
never finding a way 
out

Afraid
Alone

Lost in the imaginings
of what has become
Ever darker
No peace

The branches clawing
My fears growing
Life destroying
Hopeless

Each step taken in fear
Am I going deeper
Or is there light ahead
escape

Deeper and Deeper
Ever Darker
Afraid to leave
Afraid to Stay

@Shauni

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Defining Me



How do I define
Who I am 
Who I want to be

How do I dare 
to stand alone 
and Say
I am...

I am not putty
for you to mold
I am not a doll
for you to dress

I am not a dream
for you to live
I am not a disappointment
for you to claim

I am me..
My struggles are mine
I am me
My dreams are mine

My existence defines me
Not you
My choices, my failures
are mine, not yours

You can no longer have me
You can no longer claim me
You can no longer dream my dreams

Because I am taking them back
Reclaiming them
Demanding them

I may fail
I may succeed
I may get stuck in between
It matters not

What matters is
I will fail
or I will succeed
Not you..

@Shauni


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dare We Dream


What Dreams do Die
When we fear to let them Free
What Hopes collide when 
we insist on letting be

Dare we let our dreams escape
Or must we hold them close
tight to our heart
A secret lost, a forbidden host

Dare we Dream
Dare we Soar
Dare we allow our flights of Fancy
Dare we Roar

Or must we ever plod on
solidly stuck in reality
No brighter tomorrow
Lost in negativity

Dare we Dream
Dare we fly?
Dare we see 
The Midnight Sky?

Or do we sink
into mendacity
No Hope, no light
No laughter, no originality?



@Shauni


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dance to the Rhythm of the Rain




Inhale
Find your moment
Pause
Then let it all go

Dance to the rhythm of the raindrops
Rejoice in each splatter
Listen to the joy around you
Make your worries not matter

Find the time
Take a moment
hear the dance
take your chance

Let the rain
Wash away your fear
Release your pain
Cleanse your tears

Inhale
Look through the storm
Pause
Then let it all go

Dance in the rain
Share your story
Release your fears
Dance out your worry

Find the Freedom
in a single dance
Find the joy
Take your chance

And when the dance is over
When life must resume
remember the dance
Sing the tune.


@Shauni

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Beauty


A Quiet moment
A slow inhale
A silent scent
A heart detailed

When our world is fallen
Our heart destroyed
When hope stumbles
And despair employed

Search your world
find that place
where God has spoken
And shown His grace

Seek the moment
When perfection reigns
Allow it to cleanse you
Remove the stains

Find the beauty 
In the world we've been given
Seek out the glory 
In this world that's hidden

Find the Beauty
In a forest glade
A child's smile
A warrior's blade

Find the hope that 
Surrounds you
Find your center
To thine own self be true

Rejoice in life
Rebuke the despair
Open your soul
To the anointed heir




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Gift



Once not so long ago
I was alone
I had been abandoned 
Betrayed
Used and tossed away

I was grieving
Feeling unworthy
yet determined to 
not give in

Then you came 
and showed me your hands
open and giving
holding a box
all wrapped and true

This box is yours
you said
A present from me
All I ask is you 
let it be

Don't Open it
Don't question why
Just take the box 
and Put it aside

I accepted your box
It was hard not to peak
but I kept my word 
and didn't seek. 

Pandora I am not
I keep my word 
but I must admit 
That box could be heard...

Every time we speak
I think how lucky I am
that you came to give me
that box

Your friendship astounds
your grace amazes
My luck has changed 
I am in constant dazes..

At times the box is forgotten
In all that you do
In the way you treat others
While just being you

I was surprised when you 
Said. Today is the day
Take the box from the shelf
and rip the paper away.

I grabbed that box
that seemed way too lite
Ripped off the paper
and revealed to my sight

An empty box
There was nothing I could see
And then you said
The present was me. 

@Shauni

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Waiting on Tuesday



What wonders exist
What promises made
What comes from the mist
What exists on display

Sometimes we wait
We pause
We worry about life
With no cause

Sometimes we dream 
Of what can be
We pace ourselves
Refuse to be Free

Sometimes we let the world
Make the call
Stifle our choices
Cause us to fall

We draw the boxes
We limit our choices
We freeze our hopes
We still our voices

Wait.. Wait.. Wait..
This is not the right time
Be patient, no longer
This time is Mine!

No longer will I wait
No containing my dreams
No longer will I wait
I celebrate Tuesdays it seems

Rejoice in the everyday
Seek for the light
Honor my dreams
Make my life bright

I no longer recognize
Your right to proclaim
What life consists of
How you tend to defame.

No, for me, for now
There is Tuesday to rejoice
Today I choose
To take back my Voice!


@Shauni

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Senses



Do you hear
The whisper of the moon?
The silent lady
In constant swoon

Do you feel her
gentle call
to those who once
lost it all

Do you see 
Her Silent Plea
To the lost 
To me?

She calls to those
who are broken
Who stand alone
Forsaken

Can you Taste
Her need
To bring them home
In word, in deed?

She calls to the senses
of those who are lost
who gave it all
to their cost

She speaks to the hearts
of those who know pain
Who have sacrificed all
and earned only pain.

To those who 
Can not stay
with those who
have lost their way

She calls to those
whose dared to dream
and felt the joy
before the scream

She calls.. 
But beware
only those who have lost
truly dare

@Shauni

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Once I Believed



Once I believed
That there was a place
For someone
like me

Once I believed
That I would
Dream Dreams
Live and Love

Once I believed
That in spite of it all
There was a place
For me

Once...
I believed, I dreamed
I hoped, 
Once..

Once I believed 
That life was grand
That there was joy
That there was hope

Once..
But no more
No more do 
I believe

Too many times
The dreams have been shattered
The heart has been broken
Nothing has mattered

Too many times
Those that said they care
Walked away
Left me alone

Too many times
I sat and cried
For a friend
to stand by my side

Too many times
The battle has been lost
and the victor takes 
the spoils

Leaving me
Alone
Betrayed
lost

@Shauni

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Do You See Me?



Do you see me?
Really?
Can you see 
Behind the Mask?

Have you looked
Beyond 
Into who I am
What I dream

Do you hear me?
My Cry
My Voice
My heart?

How can you know me
When you do not see?
You do not listen
You do not feel?

How can you know me
When you can not see
beyond the smile
The laugh

Do you know
My Reality?
My Pain?
My insecurities?

Do you hear 
How loud I cry?
Do you feel
My Pain?

And yet you 
Judge me
Mock me
Betray me

You leave me alone
To fight the world
suffering 
in pain..

Abandoned
Betrayed
Thrown away
Alone.


@Shauni